What is objectification?
Objectification, also known as sexual objectification, is the practice in which sexual arousal is induced by treating someone as an object to be used for sexual pleasure. It can also be described as a strong sexual desire to be treated as an object.
Objectification & BDSM Dynamics
People with an objectification fetish may get aroused by fantasizing or imagining someone as an object. Some may experience sexual arousal by being used and abused by others. The most distinct aspect of Objectification play is viewing the other as a commodity or as an object for use. This means that the feelings, emotions, and intellectual capabilities of the one being objectified are completely disregarded. In BDSM plays, the submissive is usually treated as an object while the dominant treats them an object.
Objectification fetish may be fetishized by both sexes. It can be classified as a Power Exchange because treating someone as an object may signify that the submissive is surrendering all the power and control of the relationship to the dominant. As such, control and power plays a crucial role in the practice. The feeling of being dependent or helpless may sexually arouse the submissive. This is typically felt by those who prefer self-objectification rather than objectifying someone else. The thought of being in control over someone’s body may provide additional erotic pleasure to the dominant.
Dos, Don’ts & Tips
- Sexual objectification is commonly frowned upon by society. It is considered as a dehumanizing practice and may encourage gender-based stereotyping.
- Sexual objectification of women is considered as a complicated topic and is often been the subject of feminist critique.
- In BDSM Sexual objectification does not have the same connotations. It is a type of sexual worship and the desire for it generally comes from a positive place.
- If done in the BDSM context, it is important that all parties involved gave their consent in the activity. Due to the nature of sexual objectification, the use of safeword or action is advised to immediately put an end in the act if the submissive becomes physically, emotionally, or psychologically uncomfortable.
Related Practices and Fetishes
Sexual Objectification is commonly associated with Fornophilia or Human Furniture. It is also quite popular in different BDSM practices such as Sadomasochism play, Master/slave disciplining, Nyotaimori, Bondage, and Torture. All kinds of fetishes are considered to be a form of sexual objectification. Humans taking the role of a Pervertible can also be a form of objectification.